CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Maine Mayhem shut out the Knoxville Lightning 48-0 to win the Independent Women’s Football League Affiliate Bowl championship on Friday in Charlotte, N.C.

Oak Hill graduate Frankie Curtis helped Maine’s defensive dominance by recovering a pair of fumbles, scoring a touchdown on one. Curtis’ first recovery led to Theresa Hendrix’s TD pass to Shannon Nicely.  The second fumble was forced by a Haylee Graves sack. Curtis picked it up and returned 17 yards for a TD in the closing seconds of the first quarter.

Curtis’ fumble recoveries were among three takeaways by Maine, who finish the season with 21 in nine games.

The Mayhem defense allowed only 121 total yards in Friday’s victory.

Maine put the game away early, scoring 34 points in the first quarter and 41 in the first half.

Hendrix led the Mayhem with two rushing touchdowns and a passing touchdown to Shannon Nicely. Hendrix also ran for a team-high 80 yards.

Alicia Jeffords had 56 yards rushing and a TD, and Paula Beaulieu ran in two scores.

Nicely made 6 of 7 on extra-point attempts.

The Mayhem finish the season 5-4 overall and 4-2 in the Affiliated League, which is made up of new and growing Independent Women’s Football League teams.


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